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Allen, Jones, Okafor and Winslow named Jordan Brand All Stars

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Future Duke Basketball players Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Grayson Allen have all been named to play for the East All Star team in the upcoming Jordan Brand Classic  game.  The game billed as Next vs Next will be held in the Barclays Center on April 18th of 2014 and tickets are available through Barclay Center Outlets.  You may remember that current Duke freshman was named one of the outstanding players in last years event.  Jones is a sensational true point guard who makes his teammates better, while his friend and sidekick Jahlil Okafor is a true center and beast in the post.  Allen is a freaky athletic wing who has the kind of hops which has often caught many an looker off guard.  The Blue Devils are still involved with Myles Turner, the top remaining prospect on the board in his class and he will play for the East team.  Also, Justise Winslow was se Continue reading

Duke Recuiting Update – Big Time Prospects in for Duke win over UNC

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCDuke had several key visitors on campus for their rivalry game and win over North Carolina this past weekend and it’s time to take an initial look at the possible results with some nuggets on how the visits went.

Firstly, Myles Turner, Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter are listed as some of the nations top prospects and all of them were on their official visit to Duke.

Turner is the top remaining prospect from the Class of 2014, is a center/power forward who stands a lean but muscular 6-11. He’s believed to have high interest in Kansas and Texas as well.

Luke Kennard is an outstanding dual athlete and shooting guard from Franklin, Ohio and Chase Jeter is a sleek forward from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both are in the loaded Class of 2015.

Also in attendance was local Kinston product and lean forward Brandon Ingram from the 2015 class and one of the heavyweights in 2016, Harry Giles, a post talent from High Point.

So, how did their visits go? Well, here we go -

The Kennard and Jeter families came [private] in on Friday and attended the Duke practice. As usual, the coaches would on occasion go over to talk with them during breaks.

Later that afternoon, the staff spent more time with the parents while the players would hang out and attend the pep rally and campus festivities.

The word is that after practice, Chase Jeter wanted to remain in Cameron to shoot around, meaning he was starting to really enjoy his trip.

The Kennard’s were shown the Duke style of doing things as well and Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer seems to have bonded with the Dad.

On game day, all of the aforementioned prospects joined Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow who of course, are Duke bound. While I am on these two I noted two things in my minds eye.

Firstly, Okafor has trimmed down a lot since this past AAU season as some his reshapes his body as he matures. Winslow, seems more muscular and his sturdy frame is beyond a freshman body right now. These two are definitely going to be ready to go form day one if the look test means anything.

Anyhow, back to game day and how the recruits responded. In a word, the visits went “great.” In fact, I now consider Duke the leader for Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter and that’s a good thing.

Kennard has long been rumored to be a Kentucky lean due to lineage in his family, but Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has made some major in roads here. This is a hard nosed kid who has that little edge when on the court and there is absolutely no reason to believe Duke is not right there if not the favorite from my vantage.

Jeter, who literally had to be chased out of the gym, enjoyed his visit immensely if facial expressions and actions mean anything. Both player had prominent cheers tossed their way from the Crazies who site directly behind me.

Before I go on, let me talk a bit about those Crazies. They are the line or tent monitors and the ones who start the cheers. And they are well versed in looking over my, er, shoulder, to see who to call out.

Another thing to mention before I proceed, is that there were a lot of celebrities in the crowd and this worked well in my opinion in helping set the tone and atmosphere of the game.

Dallas Cowboy’s Head Coach Jason Garrett and their quarterback, Tony Romo attended the Duke practice on Friday and they were at the game as well. Both sat directly beside the prospects and mingled with them often and said kids seem to have really enjoy their presence.

Also in attendance was NFL commish Roger Goodella along with Barry Switzer and many others, including Duke celebs and every ESPN type you can imagine be it Dicky Vitale, Jay Bilas or Jay Williams.

And then there was the Cameron atmosphere and the old girl did not let Duke fans down when trying to make an impression. You see when some come to visit Duke, they freak out at the size, thinking it is small. But once that cozy place feels with rabid fans, it’s a sight to see and a sound to hear.

Anyhow, back to the prospects. The Crazies will often cheer a prospects name followed by sit with us. They even make room before this happens to help sway their target.

They started with Kennard and Jeter and the two wore wide smiles as they came over and settled in directly behind me. There they cheered just like the Crazies did at times and it is worth noting that they all were clearly rooting for Duke while the game was going on, much more so than what I’d deem normal and my seat is straight away from the bench.

Once, Jeter even held up a colorful anti UNC sign of the kind that on many occasions gets taken away during breaks which I found funny.

Kennard was a little more reserved than Jeter, but that’s the way he is on the court as well, a cool customer. Kennard would crack a smile often though and they enjoyed themselves immensely with the students.

A bit later, Myles Turner joined the fray and it was clear that he too was having a big time. The trio continued to cheer and only left when an usher urged them to with about two minutes left in the game.

Many have asked my read on Turner and it’s tough to come up with one at this time in that I haven’t had a lit of feedback yet. But there is no doubt he was having fun here as well and he was outgoing and seemingly appreciative of his visit. But Duke is still in it and with a player of his ilk, that is never a bad thing.

Many of the prospects would later go campus hopping where they checked out the bon fires and parties. They also got to spend time with students and talking education but it is spring break at Duke, so not quite the normal scene.

By all accounts I have received, they had a good time but stuck close to the team. The Crazies also tried their best to get Harry Giles to come over, but he smiled them off. Giles who is still recovering from an injury is a man child and I love his game. His early relationship with Krzyzewski is priceless but he’ll have some teams coming hard at him.

As for Brandon Ingram, we’ll have to see how things shake out. He recently visited UNC but he’s been emphatic in conversations past with me that he is a Duke fan. Duke Assistant Nate James is the lead here and Duke will keep an eye on him. Ingram is soooo slender, but he has some upside, but he could be a redshirt candidate if Duke gets more serious in the future just to allow his body to catch up to his talent.

Duke also continues to recruit Diamond Stone as a top priority and big men are almost the soul focus past Kennard in his class at this time. That, of course, will change come AAU season when the coaches get out and evaluate more.

A sleeper name to watch is Alonzo Mourning’s son who is in this coming years class. Duke has showed some interest in him as has Florida and Georgetown. And we all know Coach K loves and is great with kids who have NBA lineage in their blood.  Trey Mourning has had some recent contact from Duke.

In a side note, the surgery I had on my hands was successful and I can type at length again and that means we’ll have other updates coming.

Lastly, what a great win for momentum last night and Cameron, was again great. It was a really good night for Duke in many respects. [/private]

Andre Dawkins

UNC at Duke Game Notes

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March 8, 2014 • 9 p.m.

Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)

ESPN • Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

The Opening Tip

• In its final game of the regular season, Duke will host Tobacco Road rival North Carolina Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game, a rematch of North Carolina’s 74-66 win in Chapel Hill on Feb. 20, will tip off at 9 p.m. and air on ESPN and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.

• Duke climbed back into the Associated Press top five this week, jumping from No. 6 to No. 4 following a 66-48 win over Virginia Tech. Duke, also ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, is 56-13 all-time when playing as the No. 4 team in the AP poll.

• Duke is attempting to close out its 18th undefeated season at Cameron Indoor Stadium and second straight. Duke has won 32 consecutive games at home, the longest streak in the country.

• North Carolina will be the sixth ranked team Duke has faced. Duke is 3-3 against ranked teams in 2013-14 with wins over No. 1 Syracuse, No. 18 Pittsburgh and No. 22 Michigan.

The Last Time Out

• Tyler Cavanaugh scored 20 points and Travis McKie added 19 to lead Wake Forest past No. 4 Duke, 82-72, Wednesday in Joel Coliseum. Wake Forest had five players score in double figures, including Codi Miller-McIntyre, who finished with 13 points, eight assists and just two turnovers.

• Duke led 66-59 with 5:44 remaining, but the Deacons mounted a 17-0 run to stake a 77-66 lead. Wake Forest outscored Duke 23-6 over the final 5:20 of the game as the Blue Devils hit just 2-of-10 field goals during that stretch.

• Duke shot just .222 (6-of-27) from three-point range for the team’s second-lowest three-point percentage of the season. Duke hit just 2-of-12 treys in the first half and 4-of-15 in the second half.

• Jabari Parker logged his fifth straight double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Duke in both categories. Rodney Hood scored 16 points and dished out four assists, while Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points.

By The Numbers

• The Blue Devils have won 32 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium, tied for the longest active streak in the country. Duke is just one win away from completing its 18th undefeated season in Cameron, owning a 16-0 record on Coach K Court in 2013-14. Duke also went 16-0 in Cameron in 2012-13.

• Saturday’s game will serve as senior night for Duke’s class of Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston, Tyler Thornton and Todd Zafirovski. Dawkins and Zafirovski were both part of Duke’s 2009-10 NCAA and ACC Championship team, while all four helped Duke capture the 2010-11 ACC Championship and posted a 112-25 record over the past four seasons.

• Duke has lost back-to-back games just once since the start of the 2009-10 season and is 25-1 following a loss during that span. Among Duke’s six previous victories following a loss this season are wins over No. 22 Michigan (79-69), Virginia (69-65) and No. 1 Syracuse (66-60).

• Duke owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.54:1, which would rank as the highest ratio since Duke began tracking turnovers in the 1970-71 season. The Blue Devils logged a school-record 1.51:1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season, bettering the previous school record of 1.32 set in 2000-01.

• Jabari Parker leads the ACC with 13 double-doubles and is one shy of tying Duke’s freshman record of 14 set by Gene Banks in 1977-78. Parker has nine double-doubles in his past 12 games and is averaging 16.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in conference play. He leads the ACC in rebounds per game, ranks second in points per game and third in field goal percentage (.483 – 199-of-412).

• Andre Dawkins needs just three points to become the 63rd Duke player to join the 1,000-point club. Dawkins is averaging a career-best 8.4 points per game this season.

• Marshall Plumlee is averaging 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 points and 1.8 blocks over his past four games. Plumlee has 3.5 offensive rebounds per game during that stretch.

• Rodney Hood has logged six of his nine 20-plus-point performances in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including a career-best 30-point outing against East Carolina on Nov. 19. Hood scored 21 against Virginia Tech in his last appearance in Cameron and averages 17.5 points per game on his home court. Only Jabari Parker has more 20-point games in Cameron this season (9).

ESPN GameDay set for UNC at Duke

gthc devilDURHAM, N.C. – Duke Blue Devil fans can be a part of the Duke-North Carolina series and appear live on ESPN when College GameDay presented by State Farm comes to Cameron Indoor Stadium this weekend. ESPN College GameDay will be on the campus of Duke University on Saturday, March 8 and will air two live one-hour segments in a day-long preview to the greatest rivalry in college athletics.

Join ESPN’s GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose live in Cameron Indoor Stadium from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and again from 8-9 p.m. ESPN College GameDay is open to the general public with the doors to Cameron Indoor Stadium opening at 8:00 a.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the show.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of a live TV broadcast, see how it all happens behind the scenes on the set and show the nation why the Duke-North Carolina rivalry is the best in college athletics. Duke hosted its first College GameDay for basketball in 2005 and the shows have always been full of fun and surprises.

Special guests and former players along with Duke Basketball prizes and giveaways will add to the show, so don’t miss your chance to be part of this special day in Cameron.

One lucky fan will have the chance to shoot a half-court shot for $18,000 from State Farm. Duke student Tim Catlett made the halfcourt shot at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2010.

The public entrance into the event will be from the South Hall of Honor, while undergraduate and graduate students will enter from the North Lobby (Krzyzewskiville). General public parking will be available in the Circuit Lots from 6 – 10 a.m. with a free courtesy shuttle running from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium, fourth-ranked Duke takes on No. 14 North Carolina at 9 p.m. on ESPN with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake calling the action.

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Duke at Wake Forest – First things, first

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Photo by Lance King for BDN

The Duke Blue Devils travel to Wake Forest to face the Demon Deacons on their annual Senior Day tonight. This, of course, will be their last road game of the regular season and it’s a key one if Duke hopes to pull down the second seed in the fast approaching ACC Tournament.

There are several intangibles at work in this game for the Demon Deacons. Many feel that this could well be Coach Jeff Bzdeliks last home game and while this would normally point to a team which is a clear underdog, don’t be fooled and think this will necessarily be a blowout win for the Blue Devils.

The bottom line is that playing Duke is like a Super Bowl to the Demon Deacon players. It’s an opportunity to right the season which took a nose dive after a promising start and we must never underestimate a teams efforts.

Add to the scenario that it is Senior Night where fans will say farewell to the likes of Travis McKie, who is capable of rising to the occasion with a solid performance.

For Duke, this game is like a business trip. They want to go into Winston Salem and come out with a win and no injuries. The Blue Devils need the win for seeding purposes, not only in the ACC Tournament, but the NCAA or March Madness as well.

That said, I expect that this game could be a little closer than some think, but I do feel Duke has enough moxie to get the job done.

If that happens, expect a short press conference from Coach Mike Krzyzewski in that he’ll want to get his charges back to Durham as soon as possible to rest and prep for their upcoming game with a red-hot North Carolina Tar Heels team on Saturday.

We saw just last evening how a team can play above their normal selves a bit in Georgia Tech’s win over Syracuse on their home court. What I am saying is strange things happen this time of year in college basketball and Duke wants to avoid that happening to them.

All that said, Duke must take precautions not to look forward in this game and the opening minutes of said game could set the tone for the entire contest. In short, Duke needs to get out to a good start and not allow Wake to gain momentum and get their crowd into the game.

I feel Duke finds a way to win, but I also feel this game as I said earlier could be a little tougher than some think. And by 9:10 or so this evening, we’ll find out if this Duke bunch found their mojo to set up a huge game on Saturday.

In short, Duke must take care of first things first.